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Arizona Pest Prevention has serviced tens of thousands of homes and businesses with troublesome Ants.
There are over 8,000 species of ants identified throughout the world. Fortunately, there are not that many that we commonly find here in Arizona. Several of the common ants here in the Valley are Argentine Ants, Crazy Ants, Fire Ants, and Harvester Ants. We rarely find Carpenter Ants, but some do exist in Valley areas.
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Harvester ants are usually red in color and can grow up to one inch long. They make large nests in the soil with mounds that are typically flat and broad and can be several feet deep. They can and do sting humans sometimes causing an allergic reaction. Argentine Ants and Fire Ants build domed colonies that are easily recognizable. There are typically thousands of ants in a colony and ants will bite and or sting viciously if disturbed. Crazy Ants, Grease Ants, and other Ants are always attracted to exposed food or drink containers. Unkept landscapes can support significant Ant presence.
Most Ants become quite a nuisance in and around homes or structures. They are commonly found in homes near kitchen sinks, countertops, and in bathrooms. They feed on sweets, honeydew and other insects and are only up to 1/16 inch in length. Fire ants like other ants can either bite, sting, or both. Always avoid ant mounds in landscape/grass areas. Keep grass edged back near One Half inch from the concrete or brick borders.
Inspection is the key to effective ant control. One must search out the source and begin treatment at that point. Many ants will lay low on especially hot days and become active either at night or after the lawn and garden has been watered. Once inspection is complete the most effective method for controlling ants is applying proper granular bait. Foraging ants will take the bait back to the colony where it will eventually eliminate the queen and supporting colony members. Spraying Ants directly will decrease many ants, but the remaining Ants will be back strong in the near-term. Contact Arizona Pest Prevention for which ant control methods and baits may be best for your home and yard environment.